Ghana petrol station inferno kills 90 in Accra

More than 90 people have died in a fire at a petrol station in Ghana’s capital, Accra, the fire service says, the BBC reports.

The fire started as people in the city are trying to cope with two days of heavy rain, which has left many homeless and without power.

The flooding hampered the rescue efforts.

There are fears that the death toll could rise as the search for bodies continues.

It is thought that people were in the petrol station sheltering from the downpour when the fire began.

President John Mahama has visited the burnt-out petrol station and has appealed for calm as the authorities try to cope with the aftermath of the fire and the flooding.